Translator: Dezhou Ruiqiu; Reviewer: Wencheng
According to Hong Kong Media, the US Treasury Department on Monday announced sanctions on four Chinese and Hong Kong-based officials over their role in enacting the new national security law to crack down on dissent. The four officials are Steve Li Kwai-Wah, the police senior superintendent; Edwina Lau, the deputy commissioner of police in Hong Kong; Deng Zhonghua, the deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office; and Li Jiangzhou, the deputy director of the Office for Safeguarding National Security.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the sanctions were for their role in implementing Hong Kong’s new national security law. He said that they would be barred from traveling to the United States; and any U.S.-related assets would be blocked.
On the latest Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, the US Treasury Department posts each of four officials’ Chinese and English name, address, identification document number, passport number, and other related information.
Steve Li Kwai-Wah, on the sanction list, is actively working for the National Security Division of the police. He is in charge of delivering cases information to the media. In August, The Police dispatched nearly 200 people into the Apple News building to search. And, the leader of this action was Steve Li Kwai-Wah.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that the sanctions were for their role in implementing Hong Kong’s new national security law. He also said that, “These actions underscore U.S. resolve to hold accountable key figures that are actively eviscerating the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy.” Mike Pompeo also posted on his Twitter stated that, “these four Chinese and Hong Kong based officers in connection with policies and actions that have undermined Hong Kong’s autonomy, eroded the rule of law, and stifled dissert through politically motivated arrests.”
Pompeo emphasized that “These actions underscore U.S. resolve to hold accountable key figures that are actively eviscerating the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy.” Last month, the U.S. State Department warned international financial institutions doing business with individuals deemed responsible for China’s crackdown in Hong Kong that they could soon face tough sanctions.
Regarding this Washington sanction against four more Chinese and Hong Kong officers over their role in implementing Hong Kong’s new national security law, Hong Kong Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said that the sanctions were “absolutely unacceptable”. He criticized US “unreasonable” sanctions and “barbaric” interference in Hong Kong’s internal affairs. Cheung emphasized that implementing Hong Kong’s new national security law and safeguarding national security are Hong Kong’s responsibility. He is not going to be intimidated by U.S sanction. Hong Kong people have been governed by Beijing through fear since enforcing new national security law and establishment of the National Security Office. Recently, twelve Hong Kong pro-independence activists have been arrested and handed to police in mainland China; Tony Chung Hon-Lam, who participated in the protest movements, has been arrested; immigration is a hot topic among Hong Kong people. However, Hong Kong people shouldn’t bear the consequences of implementing Hong Kong’s new national security law.
US sanction has a severe impact. It prohibits any financial institutions providing individual financial service to the person on sanction list. They are not allowed to open new bank accounts; and existing bank accounts could be frozen. They only can use cash or use the financial institution which is not doing business with the US. It would be very inconvenient to people nowadays.
Based on freedom, Hong Kong has successfully become an international city. However, implementing Hong Kong’s new national security law would make Hong Kong lose its cornerstone of success. It also would bring catastrophic consequences to Hong Kong.
The purpose of this US sanction is to urge Beijing to abide by international commitments it made in the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
The above opinions represent only the author.
Source: Hong Kong Media